Thomson Reuters recently named David Awschalom, Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering and Deputy Director for Space, Infrastructure, and Facilities, as a 2016 Highly Cited Researcher. This marks the second time that Professor Awschalom has been chosen for this honor, as he was selected last year as a 2015 Highly Cited Researcher. Representing some of the "world's most influential scientific minds," Professor Awschalom is one of about three-thousand researchers who received this notable and prestigious distinction, representing the top 1% of the most cited for their subject field and year of publication.
To be named as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher requires one to write the greatest number of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers — this designation is truly an indication of exceptional impact in the research field. The 2016 list focuses on contemporary research achievement: only Highly Cited Papers in science and social sciences journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection during the 11-year period 2004-2014 were surveyed. The final 2016 list contains researchers in twenty-one fields of the sciences and social sciences.
Professor Awschalom is one of the world’s leading research scientists in spintronics and quantum information engineering. His research in spintronics involves understanding and controlling the spin of electrons for advanced computing, medical imaging, encryption, and other technologies.
For more information regarding the Thomson Reuters 2016 Highly Cited Researchers, as well as the complete list of researchers, see here.